September 2010

We made dinosaur feet in preschool

This week, the fours class focused on the letter ‘D’. The children explored dinosaurs as part of the letter ‘D’ experience. To make dinosaur feet, the children started off by tracing and cutting out the shape of their own feet from a sheet of green construction paper… Next, the children glued their foot-shapes to a […]

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The letter of the week in preschool: presenting A and B

Each week, we focus on a letter of the week in our two and three year old classes. It isn’t the only time we explore that specific letter but it is a time we give that letter a special introduction and a little special attention. There are many activities to use for creating letters and […]

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Put a spark in your story time by Tammy Flowers

As an early childhood educator with a heart for literacy, I am inspired daily by the awe in a child’s eyes as they lose themselves in a simple storybook.  As the pages are flipped, we naturally alter our voice to make magical characters come to life; seizing the attentions of even the squirmiest child and […]

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Play dough nature printing in preschool

Today is National Play-Doh day! Shara Lawrence Wiess of Early Childhood News and Resources is great about remembering special or unique holidays and this one of them – be sure to see all her ideas here! I was trying to come up with something different to do with play-dough and my brother suggested that I […]

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Simple fall tree bulletin board for preschool

Your preschoolers can create this simple fall preschool bulletin board.

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We made blueberry pie in preschool

Read the book “Blueberries for Sal” by Robert McCloskey and then make a blueberry pie! Our preschoolers started off by gluing some strips of manila paper on top of a brown construction paper pie crust. The children criss-crossed their paper which was a challenging concept for some of the younger children… Other children caught on very easily… […]

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Learning to recognize our names all day long

Young children can learn to master their names with a “name-rich” environment.

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Sharing things from home with your preschool classroom

Every teacher brings unique and special gifts to their students and every student will apply these gifts in their own unique and special way. Teachers often have brilliant ideas and things from home they want to share with their students. Over the summer, this class had been talking about seashells and under the see creatures. […]

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Join me for a free early childhood webinar

I hope you will come and join me for my presentation of “Ten Leadership Tips to Inspire Your Early Childhood Program Staff” on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 from 2:00 to 3:00pm EDT. This free webinar series is sponsored by Robert-Leslie Publishing! If you haven’t tried attending a webinar yet, then this is a great opportunity to […]

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Painting with kool-aid in preschool

This painting activity was a big success as the children enjoyed the colors, smells, and texture… . The paint mixture included a little bit of corn syrup, some white paint, and a variety of flavored Kool-Aid which added smell and color. The children were given a large sheet of white easel paper to paint on […]

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Celebrating grandparents day in preschool

I have been getting a lot of requests on my Facebook page for Grandparent’s Day so I thought I would share with everyone some of the ideas posted by the members of my facebook page along with the ideas shown below! Make a simple pot of flowers to give to Grandma and Grandpa. This is […]

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Birthday party planning for preschool

Celebrating birthdays in the preschool classroom!

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Take a little car painting spin on this preschool highway

Add a little extra mileage onto car painting with this little transportation preschool activity… We will be doing something like this is our school in a few weeks so you get a sneak preview! Gather up some black construction paper, white paint (or white chalk might work), scissors, and glue. Invite the children to cut […]

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Lacing up apples in preschool

The theme of the week for this class has been apples. I happen to be a huge fan of all the fun things you can do with apples so I enjoy stopping by to see what the children are doing. This was day two of their apple making project so as you can see in […]

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Including sign language in the early childhood classroom

Including Sign Language in Early Childhood Curriculum Co-written by Emily Patterson and Kathleen Thomas One of the keys to thriving in the modern economic climate is versatility – and the ability to communicate articulately in a variety of ways with the widest possible audience. This includes bilingual ability as well as the ability to communicate […]

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Billy Goats Gruff fairy tale and block play in preschool

Expand the story of The Billy Goats Gruff into the block center at your preschool!

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